Fisherman reports shark bite while wading off Southwest Florida

ANNA MARIA ISLAND — Authorities say a fisherman was bitten by a shark while wading in waist-deep waters off Southwest Florida.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Javier Perez had just dumped his bait bucket into the waters off Anna Maria Island on Sunday when a shark bit him on his left thigh.

The sheriff's office tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Perez's family waved down a passing boater, who took him to a pier. From there, Perez was taken to a Bradenton hospital with a small wound and scratches on his leg.

It's the second shark bite reported in just over a week.

A 21-year-old Longboat Key man was bitten on the thigh by a bull shark last weekend while spear fishing off Anna Maria Island. Authorities say he required surgery.

Anna Maria Island is a Gulf Coast barrier island south of Tampa Bay.

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